What to expect at ‘The World of Tim Burton’ exhibition in KL this March 2023

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By Natalie Khoo

Photos courtesy of The World of Tim Burton
What to expect at ‘The World of Tim Burton’ exhibition in KL this March 2023

[UPDATE on 20 March 2023]: According to a statement by the organiser, Tim Burton has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently undergoing necessary quarantine measures in accordance with the Covid-19 health guidelines. Therefore, the much-anticipated Tim Burton masterclass has been postponed, while the book signing and meet-and-greet session have been cancelled. 

The legendary filmmaker has released a video addressing the matter, saying: “I escaped Covid for three years but now I have it so unfortunately, I can’t be there with you but I hope you enjoy the show.”

In lieu of the original in-person event, the masterclass will be hosted virtually on 14 April 2023 (Friday) with more details to be announced in the coming weeks. This will provide ample time for those who are interested to buy tickets, as well as allow those living outside of Kuala Lumpur to meet the legendary filmmaker virtually.

Meanwhile, VIP ticketholders will get a complimentary ticket to the virtual masterclass together on top of a 10-minute meet and greet session with Tim Burton himself prior to the masterclass, as well as a special merchandise. In addition, they will be able to collect their ‘The Art of Tim Burton’ book and merchandise at the pop-up museum and exhibition venue from 21 March 2023 onwards. 

“We at Toybox Projects would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused in this regard and we take this opportunity to thank the fans, sponsors, and media for being patient and understanding,” the statement reads. “The World of Tim Burton pop-up museum and exhibition remains unchanged and will be available to the public this 21 March to 30 July 2023.”

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[Note: This article was originally published on 20 January 2023 and has been updated on 23 February 2023 with news of Tim Burton’s visit for the opening.]

Can’t get enough of Tim Burton’s gothic fantasy and eccentric horror worlds? Good news—the American filmmaker is bringing the world tour of his exhibition to Kuala Lumpur very soon! Specifically, mark your calendars from 21 March to 30 July 2023 as The World of Tim Burton will debut in Southeast Asia for the first time ever at Pavilion Bukit Jalil. Better yet, the man himself will be opening the exhibition on 21 March, offering fans with VIP access the chance to meet the artist in the flesh!

Burton’s first art exhibition premiered in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in 2009, where it garnered over 800,000 visitors—making it the third highest attended exhibition in the museum’s history. This sparked the conception of the World of Tim Burton, reconceptualised from its original MoMa success and designed for touring the world. 

Since then, tour stops have included institutions such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul Korea; City Gallery, Prague; the Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; the Max Ernst Museum, Brühl, Germany; and ArtisTree Gallery, Hong Kong.

Organised by Toybox Projects in partnership with Eurasian Entertainment Consultants Ltd and KOL Nation, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through Burton’s distinctive worlds, with approximately 540 works dating back to his childhood. Think drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, moving-image works, and sculptural installations focusing on the recurrent visual themes and motifs found in Burton’s art and films.

What’s more, there will be about 150 new works not seen in the MoMa exhibition, giving audiences the opportunity to deep dive into the director’s sensibility. If you’ve enjoyed his films such as Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and most recently, the Wednesday series on Netflix (2023), then this is one exhibition you won’t want to miss!



For a memorable experience, the exhibition divides Burton’s extensive career of five decades into 10 thematic sections. Each section consists of paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, multimedia art, sculptures and more. In addition, there will be a special opportunity to take a sneak peek into his current projects through the exact replica of Tim Burton’s personal studio where he actually works.

The ten sections span the following: 

  • Influences from his early childhood and career, paying homage to classic cartoonists and illustrators. 
  • Holidays that inspired his work, largely based on his upbringing in Burbank, California.
  • Carnivalesque—a blend of comedy and grotesque, which exemplifies Burton’s art and films.
  • Figurative Works, including some of his personal artworks unrelated to professional projects.
  • Misunderstood Outcast, featuring outsiders and “sympathetic monsters” from the stop-motion animated short film Vincent (1982) and the Hollywood blockbuster Alice in Wonderland (2010), to name a few.
  • Film Characters from familiar Burton films and worlds, from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) to Dumbo (2019). 
  • Polaroids taken by Burton himself between 1992 and 1999, informing his visual themes and motifs. 
  • Around the World, featuring shooting locations, film festivals, and publicity tours that offered inspiraiton and subject matter. 
  • Unrealised Projects, comprising works from Burton’s film, television, and book projects that were halted in various stages of development
  • The Artist’s Studio—a replica of the space where the artist’s passion and imaginative spirit comes to live, including the works for his latest TV series project, Wednesday.

Suffice to say, The World of Tim Burton is set to present the full range of his creative pursuits, revealing a versatile artist whose idiosyncratic vision transcends mediums and formats.



Tickets for The World of Tim Burton exhibition at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur will be available via KOL Nation and TicketCharge from 11 January, 2023, as well as at the exhibition venue from 21 March, 2023 until 30 July, 2023. Early bird pricing (until 21 January 2023)  for adults is priced at RM68, while the regular ticket for adults is priced at RM88 (after 21 January 2023). 

Meanwhile, those who desire a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Tim Burton can purchase the VIP ticket, which includes the following:

  • The Art of Tim Burton book
  • Book signing opportunity with Tim Burton
  • Season Pass (unlimited entry to the exhibition)
  • Special edition merchandise

This VIP package is priced at RM1,500 and will be available this Saturday (February 25) at 12pm, limited to 100 tickets only.

Find more information on this website.


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